3 Facts About MITRE Shield and Targeted Ransomware

You’ve probably heard me write or speak about ransomware a lot more recently, and for good reason. Targeted, APT-like ransomware attacks against large healthcare organizations and other enterprises have been all over the news. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to present a webinar along with MITRE that focused on MITRE Shield, the concept of Active Defense, and how we can use some of these proactive techniques against ransomware attackers. Below, I’ll look at 3 key facts for security teams to understand when planning your active defense strategy against ransomware threats. 
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Why Are Ransomware Attacks Still Happening?

Here we go again: this past Thursday, officials from three US federal agencies issued a statement warning about an “imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers.” The threat in question comes from a Russia-based cybercriminal gang preparing to disrupt information technology systems at hundreds of hospitals and medical care facilities all over the US with ransomware. The attackers will make devices on the hospital networks unusable unless a sizable payoff is made, and indeed, at least five US hospitals already seem to be under attack. With patient populations surging in the wake of another wave of coronavirus cases and a presidential election on the horizon, the imminent threat could prove catastrophic without the proper security measures to fight back.
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